Make a soft and cuddly napping blanket for yourself or as a handmade gift! A step-by-step tutorial and video.
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Soft cuddly blankets are a favorite of mine. On a lazy Sunday afternoon, there is nothing better than curling up in a snuggly blanket to watch tv.
This almost always turns into a little cat nap. Oh, how I love lazy Sunday afternoons! Now I have a blanket just for those afternoons!
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Heat Transfer Vinyl, also known as Iron-on, is such a fun medium to craft with. In the past, we have shared several tutorials using this product. Like this Music Tote Bag, Freaking Cold Sweatshirt, and this Funny Bathroom Sign. Yes, you can use Heat Transfer Vinyl on wood too!
Supplies You'll Need to Make This Craft:
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- Design in Cricut Design Space
- Cricut Cutting Machine
- Light Grip Mat
- Gold Foil Iron-on
- Snuggly Soft Blanket
- Heat Press
- EasyPress Mat
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Cutting the Heat Transfer Vinyl:
The cut file for this project is completely ready to go on Cricut Design Space.
The file is sized as large as it can go with a width of 11.5 inches. If this size works for you then you can select Make It. If you need to adjust the sizing, select customize.
Place the iron-on shiny side down on the light-grip mat, and make sure you select Mirror Image before you begin the cut.
Follow the prompts in Cricut Design Space to cut the image out.
I cut this out on a Cricut Maker but all Cricut machines cut iron-on vinyl so it will work with any machine.
Once the image is cut, weed the excess iron-on vinyl from the backing sheet.
The BrightPad is super helpful during this step because it shines light through the lines so you can easily see the areas you need to weed.
Don't forget to remove the center of the letters!
Applying the Heat Transfer Vinyl to the Blanket:
For this blanket, the lettering goes on the bottom left corner of the blanket where it is readable to others, not the one wearing the blanket.
I eyeballed the placement but if you would like you can use a ruler to perfectly place the vinyl.
For this project, I am using the large EasyPress 2. The heating surface measures 12 x 10 inches and is great for larger sized projects like totes, pillowcases or blankets!
To know exactly what temperature and time to set your EasyPress 2 at you can visit the online Cricut EasyPress Interactive Quick Reference Guide.
Enter the type of iron-on you are using and the type of material, and the guide gives you all the information you need. It even lets you know if you should peel the backing while the material is still warm or if you should let it cool!
For my iron-on and blanket material, I set the Cricut Easy Press to a temperature of 315 and 30 seconds.
My cut image is a bit bigger than the heated surface of the press so I did the cycle twice. Moving the EasyPress over to cover the second half after the first cycle was finished.
Slowly peel back the iron-on backing off of the blanket.
With the plushness of the blanket, it may be tricky to get the peel started. It doesn't act like it wants to come off. But it will and after it gets started the rest peels really nicely.
If the iron-on doesn't stick you can reapply the backing and apply the heat cycle again.
Our Crafting Essentials List:
- The Cricut Cutting Machine is easily our favorite crafting tool. We use it in so many of our tutorials!
- These MakerX Crafting Tools are perfect for keeping in the craft room, and are always ready when you need them!
- This Fiskars Paper Trimmer is easy to use and cuts nicely without frayed edges.
- These Scotch Precision Scissors cut like a dream and you get multiple pairs in a pack!